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[Excerpt] This report provides a legislative and cultural history of the Former Presidents Act. It details the benefits provided to former Presidents and their costs. Congress has the authority to reduce, increase, or maintain the pension and benefits provided to former Presidents of the United States. This report considers the potential effects of maintaining the FPA or amending the FPA in ways that might reduce or otherwise modify a former President’s benefits.


Suggested Citation
Ginsberg, W., & Richardson, D. J. (2016). Former Presidents: Pensions, office allowances, and other federal benefits (CRS Report RL34631). Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.

A previous version of this report can be found here: